Both incoming Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and new House Speaker Philip Gunn have tapped savvy, capable second-in-commands in the Senate and House with new Senate President Pro Tempore Terry W. Brown of Columbus and House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian.
In the Senate, Reeves tapped Brown, a former small businessman first elected in 1987, who served three terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2003. Brown is now in his third term in the Senate.
Brown is a gregarious fellow who never meets a stranger and who learned much of his personal style as a lawmaker from the late Sen. Jack Gordon, a close friend and colleague. Along the way, Brown helped lead the successful legislative strategies to bring SteelCorr – the flat-rolled steel mill that makes products for the “Detroit South” emerging auto industry – to the Golden Triangle with a combination of $110 million in state loans, grants, and construction assistance from the state.